The final development phase of the Jaguar Project 8 is almost complete. Drivers Andy Wallace and Davy Jones have tested the car at high speed. The Jaguar Project 8 – the fastest and most exciting four-door saloon – will go into production in June.
The Project 8 has the performance of a real super sports car. The top speed is 322 km / hour and the acceleration from standstill to 100 km / hour costs only 3.5 seconds. The car also established a new lap record for production dance on the Nordschleife of the Nürburgring: 7 minutes and 21.23 seconds. This makes it faster than many super cars and it also improves the old record by as much as 10 seconds.
With a 441 kW (600 hp) version of Jaguar’s 5.0-liter supercharged V8, Project 8 is the most powerful Jaguar for the public highway to date. A maximum of 300 specimens of this particular car will be hand-built at the Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations plant in Coventry, England.
The four-wheel drive Project 8 is full of motorsport technology. Such as adjustable spoilers and wheel suspension and special Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 racing tires for forged 20-inch wheels. The ceramic wheel bearings and brakes have been specially developed for the Project 8. The only body parts that Project 8 shares with the Jaguar XE are the roof and sheet metal of the front doors – made of aluminum.
Tested by world champions
Drivers Andy Wallace and Davy Jones – both members of the Jaguar team in 1988 and 1991 became world champion in the World Sportscar Championship – recently joined the development team of Special Vehicle Operations to test Project 8 on the super fast track of Goodwood. The drivers concluded that Project 8 is “absolutely impressive” and “a winner.”
Two versions of Project 8 are available. The four-seater is equipped with every conceivable motorsport technique. The two-seater Track Pack version is even more geared to track use: equipped with carbon fiber racing seats and four-point belts, 12.2 kg lighter and a metal plate mounted at the position of the rear seat – with attachment points for the four-point belts.
It is – after the F-TYPE Project 7 from 2014 – the second Collector’s Edition Jaguar from Special Vehicle Operations.